Glasgow is a compact and compelling city that has everything that you would expect—all while capturing the essence of the Victorian era. All of the main attractions are very close to each other and it’s very walkable. The people are very friendly and helpful when you are wandering, lose your way, and need to get back on your path. If you’re planning to visit this cosmopolitan city, check out some of our favorite things to do in Glasgow.

Glasgow School of Art

Spend the morning taking a tour at the Glasgow School of Art designed by renowned architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. All tours are done by students and they last for about an hour. Make sure to check out the library and at the end, you will have the opportunity to view some of his other creations like chairs, tables, and bedroom settings.

Ride the Subway

Forget about colors, letters, numbers, and transfers, this subway system will take you where you need to go and you won’t be getting lost since it’s only one line around the entire city going clockwise or counterclockwise.

Riverside Museum

Winner of the 2013 European Museum of the Year Award, and designed by Architect Zaha Hadid, it’s a must-stop for you or the entire family. You will find all transportation here from locomotives, velocipedes, one-of-a-kind vintage cars, and a tall ship – Glenlee. Admission is free.

Blend Your Own whiskey

Head to Glengoyne distillery, just about 20 minutes from the city center by taxi. Here you can buy different ticket options to tour the property and blend your own whiskey to take home. This is a great keepsake and an experience you’ll never forget!

Glasgow University

Visit one of the oldest English speaking universities founded in 1451— it’s also one of the top 100 universities in the world. The main building’s impressive Victorian architecture is not to miss.

The Butterfly & The Pig

Just a short walk from Buchanan Street, this place has a relaxed atmosphere, great service, and if you’re looking for great food their sandwiches are the best and proportions are very generous.

Shopping Buchanan Street

Enjoy a long walk to some of the best shopping all in one place. You can expect anything from a top luxury shop to some of the best bargains in town. Also, check out some of the side street restaurants, pubs, and other must-stops are along the way.

Exploring the West End

Hop on the subway and just a few steps from the city center is the West End district of the city. It’s young and hip with plenty of boutiques, vintage shopping, and cafes due to its proximity to the university.

A Walk by Wellington Statue

You might need to take a double look at this statue outside the Gallery of Modern Art on Queen Street, but the hat is a traffic cone. Rumor says that students every night come and throw a traffic cone in and police take it down every morning – I think it’s now permanent.